Today, we are going to see some unconnected icons. But before that, a long pending paintings inspired by sculpture - aka temple. Not any temple but The Kailasantha Temple in Kanchipuram.
There are some icons ( and people) who have a magical allure to them and we could Photogenic but not sure if it applies to architecture, but the creations of Rajasimha - be it the Shore temple, the Panamalai Thaalagireershwarar or the Kanchi Kailasantha, they turn even amateur photographers raving mad. So imagine the plight of experts. Take a look at this work of Aadhi arts.
Really stunning are they not?
Now take a look at these.
Seemingly disconnected icons - The famous Bodhisattva mural from Ajanta, a slice of the penance panel from Mallai and the somaskanda painting from Kanchi Kailasanthar.
For regular followers, you have already seen the traces of the pallava artist’s fantastic creation in the
Recreating a lost treasure
Let me first explain the location of these amazing paintings.
You have to twist a bit to enter between the pillars and peep into to your left. If you are lucky you will get to see the four places where the Somaskanda paintings are still visible. Sadly, the rest of the spaces are used as storage for…
But this one is special. Peep inside the tavern while turning your head to the right.
What looks like a portion of black and maroon, is actually a portion of the original Pallava painting that would have adorned the whole side wall.
We step in closer to view the fantastic Kinnara couple. Notice the lovely lady playing a reed flute, the clawed feet and the style of the wings.
Now lets take a look at the Mallai Penance Panel
do you notice the similarity between the two couples - the clawed feet and the wings?
Now, both the locations we saw are from the Pallava school. But if i were to tell you that a similar creature is there in Ajanta as well, and that you have seen it so many times without registering it, would you believe me?
Yes, here we go
( photo & line drawing credits - An Album of Eighty-five Reproductions in Colour, Editor: A.Ghosh; Published by Archaeological Survey of India)
Found them ?
Truly art knew and knows no borders nor boundaries.